|Codename Outbreak (formerly called Venom)
is a tactical shooter showing good improved graphics for outer areas
plus complex buildings. This is realised through the licensed ZL engine.
It's a team 2 player challenge game and it's possible (function key
F4) to swap the player sides at anytime...if the partner hasn't died
of course. Also with function keys (F5 and F8) it's possible to exchange
simple orders or commands with the other player. The outer districts
can be explored at day or night time which then also results in different
graphical and game-play development. The story: A comet is discovered
in space which heads to Earth and bursts into thousand of little fragments
close to Earth's atmosphere. Those fragments morph to human kind of
aliens and every Earth human getting in contact with them will become
under their mental control. Because of lost contact to a laboratory
which was doing research on those fragments, this hero team is sent
in to solve this mystery. During missions the players will go to different
places like deserts, tropical islands, Siberian swamps, aircraft carriers,
rocket launcher platforms, city districs and other complex buildings.
The team has the possibility to choose at every mission start their
weapons, protection clothes and different personnel. When a player is
chosen more often, his abilities grow and improve which has to be strategically
played together with the equipment choices. Codename Outbreak offers
a nice story but sadly without any real surprises. Often a level isn't
finished after reaching the target position because of mission updates
and changes during the storyline, and mostly the action lacks surprises.
The levels are detailed and diverse and some are really nice to look
at. But, the game is limited to 14 missions and 2 of them could have
been played in the demo already. In skill level "normal" it's possible
without big complications to solve a level within an hour and so its
a relatively short gameplay. Also the outro, compared with the cool
game intro, is rather disappointing but i am going to play the demo
and the full Codename Outbreak by night again. In summary, I liked Codename
Outbreak. It was much fun but I would have liked more missions and the
game gives away some potential at some points which shouln't be.